Gerald Robert Kennedy
Gerald Robert Kennedy, 69 of Pilger, died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
Graveside services will be held at the Pilger Cemetery at Pilger on Monday Oct. 30 at 9 a.m. with military rites provided by the United States Navy Honor Guard and Roy Reed American Legion Post #252 of Winside.
Memorial services will be held at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Stanton on Monday, Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Robert Schlismann will officiate.
Online sympathies may be made at www.johnsonfuneralhomes.net
Gerald Robert Kennedy was born July 19, 1948 at Lincoln, the son of Albert and Rosella (Mathis) Kennedy. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Church of Christ in Lincoln and attended Bethany Elementary and Robin Mickle Jr. High in Lincoln. He graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School in 1967 and attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He graduated from University of Nebraska School of Technical Agriculture at Curtis with a degree of Diesel Mechanics. As a member of the Boy Scouts of America, he earned its highest honor as an Eagle Scout with two bronze palms. Gerald enlisted in the United States Navy on June 5, 1969 and as a Machinist’s Mate served on the U.S.S. Forrestal (CVA-59); U.S.S. Detroit (AOE-4); U.S.S. San Diego (AFS-6); U.S.S. Caloosahatchee (AO-98); the Illinois Great Lakes Naval Training Center and for Port Services Tug Boat Basin in Norfolk, VA;
On May 31, 1975 Gerald married Sandra Peterson at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Pilger and Gerald continued his service in the United States Navy until he was honorably discharged into retirement on Jan. 31, 1990. Following retirement Gerald was employed at Dohrman Manufacturing in West Point where he fabricated railroad cars. He worked at Wayne State College in Wayne as a maintenance staff member. Gerald was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Pilger and attended St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Stanton. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association; Roy Reed American Legion Post #252 of Winside and was honored as an Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska. His hobbies include buying and restoring old John Deere tractors. He volunteered as handyman for his church; a regular at morning coffee group in Pilger and enjoyed the time spent with his family.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Sandra Kennedy of Pilger; two daughters, Hannah Kathleen “Kate” and Mark Swinarski of Omaha; Amy Josephine and Adam Glienke of Washta, Iowa; five grandchildren; his mother-in-law, Leanna Peterson of Stanton; five siblings Garth and Sue Kennedy of Naperville, Ill.; Gael and Karen Kennedy of York; Kent Kennedy of Lincoln; Jane Kennedy of Omaha; brother-in-law Eldon “Chip” and Marge Peterson Cedar Rapids, Iowa; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents George and Helen (Slusser) Kennedy and Elmer and June (Brown) Mathis; an infant brother; and his father-in-law, Eldon Peterson.
Pallbearers will be Greg Mosely, Gene Sateren, Pete Reeg, Lyle Husmann, Roger Gaster, Mark Bloomfield, Jerry Wyatt, Bud Neel, Lynn “Chick” Jeffries, Bob Bremer, Anthony Carambia, Melvin Meyer and Everett Minds.